at: 08th, December 2016
1. How was the energy
that inspired you to become formative in Earthgrave
different from other energies you had felt?
For me Earthgrave has been
different in that it was "all mine" from the get
go. I always loved melodic death metal, but none of the
bands I had been playing in really wanted to go in that
direction despite my efforts. I wrote some melodic songs for
Hatefury, but in the end we most of them "too
melodic" for a death/thrash act. Two of these songs
have been given a new life in Earthgrave. Earthgrave is also
different in that I write almost everything alone at home,
and record them at the same time. This makes it easier to
get a decent idea of what could be improved in each track,
and which things don't work at all.
2. Some of you are also
sharing your musical duties as members of Destractive,
Hatefuyr and White Mist. How so you attain to split your
All the mentioned bands are
not very active at the moment, with the exception of
Hatefury. Earthgrave shares almost all members with Hatefury
so we just try to combine everything we can. My duties at
home and my day job are a far bigger constraint than the
3. To become a musician
in Finland where almost everybody plays some musical
instrument and has three bands at least – it’s a
challenge, or is it something you Finns are predisposed to
Not sure where you are
getting your information from, but playing an instrument is
not that common in Finland. A lot of the people who do play
soemthing are in metal bands though it seems. The scene for
small bands in Finland is not easy. There are tons of good
bands and very few venues willing to book gigs for them.
When smaller bands do get gigs it is a huge challenge to
find an audience.
4. Who would you say are
the biggest influences impacting the music of Earthgrave,
both as a band and you individually?
influences are almost purely made up of swedish MDM bands
like Arch Enemy, Amon Amarth, older In Flames and At The
Gates. Some finnish bands too like Kalmah and Wolfheart have
given me a lot of inspiration. When I started playing guitar
as a teenager Alexi Laiho was my idol, but I don't really
care for the stuff he does now.
5. You are in some way
influenced and inspired by Nordic Mitology. How important is
that for you and how do you transpose this subject into
I don't think Earthgrave is
influenced by any specific mythology. I have written some
lyrics with "Viking vibes", but mostly thet stuff
is from my own imagination.
6. What’s the band’s
ideology? Is it connected with some philosophy or something?
The main thing I try to
portray in the music and lyrics is that death and loss is
inevitable. We can only choose what we do with our time here
and how we face the end of our life. There are no second
chances for anyone.
7. Let´s talk about
your demo 2016. I think it is by far a very decent recording
full of melancholic and melodic songs! Of course I wonder if
you are satisfied with it and if you reached the desired
I'm pretty satisfied with
the result, the drums being the exception. I would have
loved to have real acoustic drums, or at least better midi
tracks for the drum plugin. I'm no drummer and it shows. We
will have real drums on the upcoming album, so that should
8. The keyboards are an
important piece in the EP. Can we say you used keyboards to
reach some musical ostentation? Are you happy with the
happy with the keyboards on the demo. Mostly I just asked
Andy to play something that sounds good and he did. We are
going with the same way with the album I think.
9. What rules and canons
do you follow when writing music? How much is this process
free and artistic? Or maybe a more technical and academic
No rules. I would say I
surprise even myself when writing.
Do you think EARTHGRAVE is a good live band? What do your
gigs consist of, and are some cover-songs played in front of
the beheaded audience?
have done Death In Fire by Amon Amarth. It's a great
song and the audiences seem to like it too. Judging by
audience comments we are a good live band, but we still have
some way to go to being great. I hope we can do a lot more
shows in 2017 than this year. Our live show is still
evolving I guess.
11. What do you love to
do in your free time when you are not busy with any of your
music projects these days?
I spend time with my family
and friends. I also love watching good series (Walking Dead,
Game of Thrones etc.) and playing computer games.
12. What do you think
about advanced in technology? Where do you see the state of
the music industry it will be in 5-10 years?
I think we will see the CD
die in the next 10 years. Streaming is the way of the future
for sure. I don't think the recent rise of the vinyl record
will last forever either. In terms of gear I see digital
modeling and mobile connectivity being the norm very soon. I
myself recently made the switch to digital modeling from a
tube amp setup.
13. Alright guys,
we’ve come to an end. Do you have any final thoughts?
Thanks a lot for the
interview. Maybe we will have some new stuff for your
podcast next year.